Plus more on Chapman's early call and Davis' baserunning feats
By Matt Kelly and Andrew Simon
The World Series is headed for Game 6.
The Cubs stayed alive Sunday night, hanging on to beat the Indians, 3-2, in Game 5 at Wrigley Field. It was their first home World Series victory since Oct. 8, 1945, when they beat the Tigers in Game 6.
Now trailing 3-2 in the Series, Chicago still has a steep hill to climb. The last team to win the World Series by taking Games 6 and 7 on the road was the 1979 Pirates, against the Orioles. Since then, the last seven teams that have gone home for Games 6 and 7 of the Fall Classic with a 3-2 lead have become champions.
As the teams head into an off-day ahead of Tuesday's Game 6 at Progressive Field, here are some facts and figures from the Cubs' season-preserving victory:
Cubs southpaws get it done
• The Cubs' Jon Lester struck out the side in the first inning, becoming the first National League pitcher to do so in the opening frame of a World Series game since John Smoltz for the Braves in Game 5 of the 1996 World Series.
• Lester finished with six innings of two-run ball, throwing 90 pitches. The left-hander's career World Series ERA stands at 1.65, sixth all-time among pitchers with at least five career World Series starts.
• The Cubs have won 16 of the 18 games Lester has started at home this year, including the postseason. Since his last Wrigley Field loss on May 15, he is 11-0 with a 1.39 ERA over 13 outings at home.
• With one out in the seventh, Cubs manager Joe Maddon turned to his biggest weapon out of the bullpen -- Aroldis Chapman -- to attempt an eight-out save. Chapman succeeded, holding the Indians scoreless on one hit, striking out four and throwing 42 pitches. He became the first pitcher to record a save of at least eight outs in the Fall Classic since Madison Bumgarner earned a five-inning save for the Giants in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.
• Chapman's performance also was just the seventh time a pitcher has earned a save of at least eight outs in a potential World Series elimination game for his team. The last one to do it before Bumgarner and Chapman was Mike Stanton, who earned a three-inning save for the Braves in Game 5 of the 1992 Fall Classic.
• When Chapman entered, it was the first time he did so in the seventh inning of a game (or earlier) since May 17, 2012, for the Reds against the Mets. Previously, Chapman's longest save was a two-inning effort for the Reds against the D-backs on Aug. 21, 2013.
• Chapman's previous longest outing of any kind was 2 1/3 innings as a member of the Yankees against the Indians on July 9 of this year. The most pitches he has thrown in a game is 44 -- also against the Indians, as a member of the Reds on July 19, 2015.
The sleeping bear awakens
• Kris Bryant's solo homer to left in the bottom of the fourth woke up the Wrigley crowd and made history in the process. Bryant's homer was the first in a World Series by a Cubs third baseman.
• Bryant added a walk and a stolen base in the fifth, becoming the first Cubs player to have both a homer and a steal in a World Series game. The last player from any team to pull off that feat was the Phillies' Chase Utley (2009 Game 5 and '08 Game 1). The only other third baseman to do so was Toronto's Kelly Gruber, in Game 3 of the 1992 World Series.
• Bryant also became just the third player age 24 or younger to record a home run and a steal in a World Series game, joining Mickey Mantle (Game 4 of the 1956 Series for the Yankees) and Jose Canseco (Game 1 in 1988 for the A's).
• Francisco Lindor cut the Cubs' lead to 3-2 with an RBI single off Lester in the top of the sixth. It was Lindor's 18th hit of the postseason, tying Miguel Cabrera for the third-most hits in a postseason by a player under the age of 23. Derek Jeter holds the record with 22 hits as a 22-year-old for the Yankees in 1996.
• Indians leadoff man Rajai Davis stole three bases, including both second and third in the eighth inning. Only four other players have racked up three steals in a World Series game, including the Cardinals' Lou Brock, who did it twice. The most recent example was the Rays' Melvin Upton Jr. in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series.